The EU plastic strategy, announced in the Circular Economy Action Plan on 2015, will transform the way products are designed, produced, used, collected and recycled, through cooperation across the value chain: from industry, plastics manufacturers and converters to public and private waste management companies. Additional measures will reduce unnecessary waste from single-use plastics and overpackaging.

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/plastic_waste.htm

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Waste, incl. Chemicals

Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

Start date
16/01/2018

Shared by

Jesus Alquézar Sabadie

Socio-economic analyst

European Commission - DG Environment

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Objectives

The strategy is part of Europe's transition towards a circular economy, and will also contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, the global climate commitments and the EU's industrial policy objectives. This strategy will help protect our environment, reduce marine litter, greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on imported fossil fuels. It will support more sustainable and safer consumption and production patterns for plastics.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

Expected impacts:
- Make recycling profitable for business: New rules on packaging will be developed to improve the recyclability of plastics used on the market and increase the demand for recycled plastic content. With more plastic being collected, improved and scaled up recycling facilities should be set up, alongside a better and standardised system for the separate collection and sorting of waste across the EU. This will save around a hundred euros per tonne collected. It will also deliver greater added value for a more competitive, resilient plastics industry.

- Curb plastic waste: European legislation has already led to a significant reduction in plastic bag use in several Member States. The new plans will now turn to other single-use plastics and fishing gear, supporting national awareness campaigns and determining the scope of new EU-wide rules to be proposed in 2018 based on stakeholder consultation and evidence. The Commission will also take measures to restrict the use of microplastics in products, and fix labels for biodegradable and compostable plastics.

- Stop littering at sea: New rules on port reception facilities will tackle sea-based marine litter, with measures to ensure that waste generated on ships or gathered at sea is not left behind but returned to land and adequately managed there. Also included are measures to reduce the administrative burden on ports, ships and competent authorities.

- Drive investment and innovation: The Commission will provide guidance for national authorities and European businesses on how to minimise plastic waste at source. Support for innovation will be scaled up, with an additional €100 million financing the development of smarter and more recyclable plastics materials, making recycling processes more efficient, and tracing and removing hazardous substances and contaminants from recycled plastics.

- Spur change across the world: As the European Union does its own homework, we will also work with partners from around the world to come up with global solutions and develop international standards. We will also continue to support others, as we have done with the clean-up of the Ganga River in India.